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09-04-2011 04:07 PM

Topic tags/keywords: resource tip drill-driver

Just when I thought I was all set with my 18 volt tools , out comes the all new and improved 20 volt line-up !
Some tempting features on the latest and greatest , but I can still remember back a few years ago when I was completely happy with my 9.6 volt Makita : ) LOL,759.msg3032/topicseen.html#msg3032

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#1 posted 09-04-2011 04:19 PM

I have regressed on power tools since i don’t use my cordless stuff every day my batteries went bad. With the price of a new battery i just bought all corded tools.


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#2 posted 09-04-2011 05:26 PM

I never registered my Ridged batteries for their lifetime warrenty. So no I’ve got dead batteries and drills that won’t work untill I spend additional money.

I’m getting tired of this.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#3 posted 09-04-2011 05:38 PM

after all that is said and done

they want you to buy a new charger too !

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#4 posted 09-04-2011 05:43 PM

It’s like Cel phones and computers just wait a couple months and there’s going to be something newer and better.

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#5 posted 09-04-2011 05:56 PM

I still have a 7.2 Makita in the blue metal case, batteries last about 5 minutes on a full hour charge… :)

I moved to Milwaukee 18 volt last year, the kits were on for an incredible price, so bought the driver and drill, never been happier. Batteries last much longer than my old 12 volt system, and the drills are so light and compact.

I am set for another 10 years, and Jim is right, tomorrow there will be a 47 volt machine lighter and faster…

-- Randy "You are judged as much by the questions you ask as the answers you give..."

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#6 posted 09-04-2011 05:57 PM

Like Joey i sold most of my cordless tools since I don’t use them on a daily basis and the batteries won’t take a charge. But when I was a contructor we always looked for something more powerful so I can see where this is coming for. Dealt had a 24v and 36v lines that didn’t really go well. Curios t ok see how this one will do

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#7 posted 09-04-2011 06:07 PM

I use them for drilling only so I can live with whatever makes the holes I need. I found it’s more the bits that make a difference. I also quit upgrading my computer hardware all the time although I’m kind of an IT guy. It’s just not necessary …

I also know from experience what joey has pointed out. Dead and semi-dead batteries freak me out. I always feel robbed because I pay money for something that doesn’t work to be told it happened due to improper handling or storage or charging … Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaargh!

And no, it will never change!

-- Alex ----- Bavaria in Germany

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#8 posted 09-04-2011 06:10 PM

I heard some manufacturers are coming out with wirelrss 120v A/C powered tools next year and I might give them a try…but until then my Makita 18v Lithium batteries are about 4 years old and still going strong. I have 4 batteries that I use with 2 drills, a circular saw and a jig saw. I have not gone long periods with non use however and don’t plan to.

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#9 posted 09-04-2011 06:30 PM

Greg, I have heard that Bosch has a wireless charging system for its battery operated tools that should be
out next year with the possibility of upgrading old tools with the new batteries and chargers, but where
did you hear the news about wireless 120 volt alternating current tools? Sounds almost too good to be

-- As ever, Gus-the 79 yr young apprentice carpenter

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#10 posted 09-04-2011 06:45 PM

I have a Craftsman 14.4 v and I’m happy with it. It does everything I need it to so I don’t think I’ll be replacing it anytime soon.

-- Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I'm not sure about the former. -- Albert Einstein

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#11 posted 09-04-2011 06:54 PM

I just picked up the Rockwell 3rill. It is a 12v lithium, three tools in one. Has lifetime battery replacement. I am happy for the next ten years.

-- Flaws are only in the eye of the artisan!

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#12 posted 09-04-2011 08:34 PM

Tesla, the real father of modern power distribution systems, envisioned wireless power distribution. I don’t remember why he gave up on it. Maybe too many people getting fried when straying into the path of the power beam ;-))

I think these battery tools are way over rated for most people. They are real time saved n the construction industry. I remember piles of tangled cords all over the floors a foot deep 30 yrs ago ;-)) If they don’t keep reinventing teh wheel, nobody will be buying anything but a few batteries.

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#13 posted 09-04-2011 08:53 PM

I never really got into cordless tools. My home has multiple electrical outlets in each room and one on each side of the exterior. I’ve never ran into a problem that a short ext cord didn’t solve. And corded tool don’t become obsolete nearly as fast as cordless.
Of course, I do have a 3/8 drive 9.6v Makita impact that I love. I bought it back in my auto tech days. The ability to carry it all over the 25 bay shop was definitely useful. Especially considering I use dit 283 times per day. These days, I keep a #2 phillips driver attached to it. Even at only 9.6v, it rarely fails to get the job done. I couldn’t imagine that a 20v tool could do anything an 18v couldn’t.

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#14 posted 09-04-2011 09:13 PM

remember when Milwaukee had the 28 volt tools. Way expensive. The Makita lithiums are excellent.

-- jack -- ...measure once, curse twice!

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#15 posted 09-04-2011 10:45 PM

I bought a Ridged 18 volt 5 piece set in 2007 and about 1 year ago all 3 batteries went south I went to buy a new set of batteries and they were $110.00 each so I got a DeWalt with 2 batteries for about $30.00 more as the two Ridged batteries alone. I still have the Ridged but the batteries are gone. Maybe I will find an old set of batteries at a yard sale or on craigs list. If I replace the DeWalt cordless I will replace it with a power cord drill for a lot less I am not as big on portability as I once was nor do I need it.

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